Musical bow

Possibly Mandigo people
19th century


Object Place: Western Africa

Dimensions

Length 155.9 cm (61 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.1698

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Thick re-curved stave of wood, wrapped in several places with thin strips of sinew (?) and notched at one end. Originally strung with strip of leather (now missing). Short stick (or arrow?) of reed formerly associated with it.

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection